What your poop says about you
If you do have to strain a lot when you go to the toilet, this is usually a sign of constipation.
If, however, you comfortably go to the toilet once a day, you're absolutely fine!
Corn kernels -
If you've ever wondered why these appear in your poop, it's because of cellulose. Cellulose is not digested by our bodies and is therefore expelled in poo.
Wiping just a couple of times usually means your stools are at the right consistency.
Sausage-like stools -
Another good reference to spot a healthy stool is a sausage with cracks.
Pebble-like stools -
If, on the other hand, you look down the toilet and see what looks like brown pebbles, then that's a sign of constipation.
Pencil-like stools -
Thin stools can also be a sign of constipation. Worst case scenario is it's also a sign of colon cancer. If in doubt, get checked out.
Yellow - Yellow stools can be a sign of an infection, a gallbladder issue, or even a liver disorder such as Gilbert's syndrome.
White stool might be a sign of a liver problem. This can happens when bile from the liver can't reach the GI tract.
And if you get explosive seaweed-green diarrhea, get checked for a C. diff infection. It's a treatable bacterial infection, but it's definitely no fun.
Black is equally not a good sign. It may indicate a problem in the upper digestive tract, or even a bleeding ulcer.
If your hydration is on point and you're getting loose stools, especially after you eat gluten-rich foods, maybe get checked for celiac disease.
Though it's not always serious -
Red stools don't always mean there's blood in them. If you eat beets, it can turn your poop red, for instance.
Incomplete evacuation -
If you have to go again after a few moments, then this can be a sign of constipation, or indeed something like irritable bowel syndrome.
If your stool is particularly oily, then you might be experiencing a symptom called steatorrhea.
It stinks -
Poop smells. It's a fact. But if it has a really foul smell, then that might be a sign that something is not right.
Floating poop is no good -
If your stools float, it can be a sign that you have an excess of fat in you poop.
Food chunks -
If you constantly spot food chunks in your stools, make sure you slow down the next time you eat.